New moms and dads quickly learn that babies can get messy. And when the tikes start to crawl, parents have to chase their little ones and clean up after them! Food, drool and of course poop can stain carpets and upholstery among other items. One other stain culprit that you may not have thought about but will quickly notice is breast milk. Parents often say that breast milk is one of the most difficult substances to remove from fabrics and carpets. If you have a dedicated nursing area or use a glider in your home, you'll want to be on the lookout for breast milk stains and keep them in check.
The 2 percent milk that you buy for yourself at the grocery store doesn't cause major staining issues, so what's the deal with breast milk? The protein content in breast milk is pretty high, and as a result, it can easily make strong bonds with other materials. If allowed to dry on your glider, breast milk stains can be nearly impossible to remove. As soon as you've finished feeding and your little one has spit up, you'll want to attend to your glider to keep it clean.
What to do for fresh stains
This of course will depend on the type of glider that you own. If your chair has cushions with removable covers, you just need to spray them with an all-purpose stain remover like Shout and then throw them into the washing machine. You can do the same thing for your cushions that don't have removable covers if you have front-load washing machine that doesn't have an agitator.
So what about you folks who can't do the above? There is a solution for you too! Here's the trick – First blot up the stain immediately. And really remember to blot, not rub. Next, follow the glider manufacturer's instructions about the most appropriate upholstery cleaner to use. Gently work your way from the outside to the inside of the stain and then finish off the area with a blow dryer.
How to deal with set-in stains
Unfortunately, breast milk stains have a way of not showing up until months after the initial incident. Milk stains that have been around for this long often don't take to washing and bleaching. Remember what we said earlier about proteins in breast milk forming really strong bonds? You'll need some special tools to break them.
If you have removable cushion covers, soak them in plain water for a while and then add in an enzyme cleaner like Era Plus or Wisk. Enzymes digest the milk protein and eliminate the stain. You can then toss the cushion covers in the washing machine as usual.
For cushions that don't have removable covers, you'll want to apply an enzyme stain remover (different from detergent) directly to the stain and allow it to penetrate the area for several hours. If the remover begins to dry, apply more. Next, pour a conservative amount of water over the area and blot dry. Finish the process with a blow dryer.
Cleaning breast milk stains is a situation that many new parents deal with, and most have a few tricks. Plenty of employees at your local Brixy store are parents. They've been there, and are more than happy to help new moms and dads! Use our store locator to find a retailer near you!